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Question Answering System for Quiz Bowl

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Presented at NAACL 2016 Workshop on Human-Computer Question Answering
https://sites.google.com/a/colorado.edu/2016-naacl-ws-human-computer-qa/shared-task

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Question Answering System for Quiz Bowl

  1. 1. OUSIA Ikuya Yamada ikuya@ousia.jp STUDIO OUSIA Question Answering System for Quiz Bowl
  2. 2. STUDIO OUSIA Our Background ‣ Semantic Kernel: Entity Linking System ✦ Winner of past two competitions: - NEEL Challenge @ WWW 2015 - W-NUT Shared Task #1 @ ACL 2015 ‣ OUSIA: Open Question Answering System ✦ #1 @ Human-Computer QA Shared Task @ NAACL 2016 ✦ #6 @ Kaggle’s Allen AI Science Challenge 2 Tokyo-based tech startup working on QA
  3. 3. STUDIO OUSIA Summary of the Task ‣ Given question sentences, the task is predict the answer that is implicitly described by the sentences ‣ Answers are Wikipedia entries ‣ The dataset of the shared task contains 20,693 questions and the corresponding answers 3 With%the%assistence%of%his%chief%minister,%the%Duc%de%Sully,%he%lowered% taxes%on%peasantry,%promoted%economic%recovery,%and%ins:tuted%a%tax%on% the%Paule<e.%Victor%at%Ivry%and%Arquet,%he%was%excluded%from%succession% by%the%Treaty%of%Nemours,%but%won%a%great%victory%at%Coutras. Henry%IV%of%France
  4. 4. STUDIO OUSIA System Components ‣ Two models are combined to answer questions: ✦ QB Ranker selects the most relevant answer from the answer candidates in the shared task’s dataset ✦ Wikipedia Ranker selects an answer from popular Wikipedia entries using word matching features 4
  5. 5. STUDIO OUSIA Overview ‣ Candidate answers are generated using top-n results of a search engine that contains Wikipedia articles of answer candidates ‣ Features are generated using two components: a convolutional neural network and an IR-based feature generator ‣ Random forest is used to learn the ranking function (assigning a point-wise relevance score to a candidate answer) ‣ The model reads the question sequentially and buzzes an answer if its relevance score surpasses a threshold 5 (Question, Candidate Answer) Convolutional Neural Network IR-based
 Feature Generator Random Forest Relevance Score
  6. 6. STUDIO OUSIA Our Neural Network Model ‣ Words and candidate answers are jointly mapped into a same vector space using skip-gram trained on Wikipedia text and anchors ‣ A question text is encoded into a vector q using a convolutional neural network [Kim 2014] with max pooling and dropouts ‣ Given a question vector q and a candidate answer vector a, the probability of the answer being correct is defined as the following [Yu 2014]: ‣ The model is trained on the dataset using Adam optimizer 6
  7. 7. STUDIO OUSIA Machine Learning Features ✦ CNN-based features: Features based on the estimated probability using the convolutional neural network model (10-fold cross validation is used for stacking) ✦ IR-based features: BM25 and TF-IDF-based matching scores between the question and the various texts (PPDB is used to improve these matching scores) - Past questions in the dataset - Candidate answer’s Wikipedia page, paragraphs, and sentences - Paragraphs and sentences that contain links to the candidate answer’s Wikipedia page ✦ Binary value representing if the question text contains the candidate answer ✦ #words, #sentences, etc. 7
  8. 8. STUDIO OUSIA Results ‣ The system is evaluated using 85 questions ‣ We successfully solved 64 questions (accuracy: 75.3%) ‣ The system is ranked #1 on the leaderboard 8

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